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Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Christ the Redeemer – New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Harbor of Rio de Janeiro – Seven Natural Wonder (CNN List)
  • Iguassu Falls – New 7 Wonders of Nature
  • Itaipu Dam – Greatest Civil Engineering Achievement of the 20th century, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Amazon Rain Forest – New 7 Wonders of Nature
  • Rio Negro Bridge Across the Amazon – Future Wonder of Brazil.
  • Meeting of the Waters - A Unique Natural Phenomenon

Itinerary

RIO DE JANEIRO | IGUASSU FALLS | SALVADOR (BAHIA)
Plus 3 Night Deluxe Cruise On The Amazon

DAY 1 |RIO DE JANEIRO
Arrival to the International Airport in Rio de Janeiro where we will be met and transferred to our hotel.

Botanical Garden
Rio de Janeiro’s Botanical Garden is one of the ten most important ecological sanctuaries in the entire world. The Garden, founded by Dom João VI in 1808 as an Acclimation Garden for exotic plants, was transformed over nearly two centuries into the Research Institute of the Botanic Garden of Rio de Janeiro. Although the collection is composed mainly of Brazilian species, there are also foreign plants and hybrids. The 140-hectare park lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain, far below the right arm of the statue of Christ the Redeemer. It contains more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees, including 900 varieties of palm trees. A 750 meter line of 134 palms forms the Avenue of Royal Palms leading from the entrance into the gardens. These palms all descended from a single tree, the Palma Mater, long since destroyed by lightning. We can stroll along the pathways of the park to the sounds of native birds like the “curios” and the “sabiás.” The exuberance of nature, in all its colors and glory, provide images that we will keep in our memories and souls forever.

Overnight at our hotel in Rio.

DAY 2 | RIO DE JANEIRO
Breakfast at hotel.

Corcovado and Sugar Loaf
We depart from the hotel after breakfast to visit the most famous landmarks of the city and see the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro from up above. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, we will arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado Hill. Embark on a comfortable train that ascends the mountain where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located, 2,300 ft above sea level. The Christ statue, known as the “wonder of Rio,” was recently elected one of the 7 "New Wonders of the World." Upon arrival at the top, we can use the panoramic elevators or escalators to arrive at the foot of the statute. There, we can enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is called the "Marvelous City." Afterwards, descend the mountain and stop for a delicious Brazilian Barbecue lunch. Over a million people each year visit the world famous “Pão de Açúcar” (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of Rio. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars. The first cable-car takes us to the top of Urca Hill. It rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands. From here, we continue in a second cable-car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain and downtown Rio.  We will have lunch at Estrela do Sul BBQ.

Overnight at our hotel in Rio. (B,L)

DAY 3 | RIO DE JANEIRO
Breakfast at hotel.

Jeep Tour Tijuca Forest
Following pick-up in open-air jeeps at the hotel, we will be taken to the stunning Tijuca Atlantic Forest - the largest urban forest in the world. We will make stops at the Chinese Vista with magnificent views of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf. We may spot monkeys, sloths and exotic birds. On our way back, we will stop at Pepino Beach to watch the hang gliders fly through the air.

Overnight at our hotel in Rio. (B)

DAY 4 | RIO DE JANEIRO | FOZ DO IGUASSU
Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for Iguassu flight (not included in land package). Upon arrival in Iguassu, we will be met and transferred to our hotel.

Itaipu Dam:
We begin this tour at the reception center, where we can watch an audiovisual presentation about the dam and its power production station. Following the presentation, we will visit the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. It is 8 kilometers wide and features a total of 20 turbines, running at a capacity of 14MW. This impressive civil engineering project, which crosses the Paraná River, the 7th largest river in the world, was built by the Brazilian and Paraguayan governments. It supplies water to 10 different states in Brazil and Paraguay.

Overnight at our hotel in Iguassu. (B)

DAY 5 | IGUASSU
Breakfast at hotel.

Brazilian Falls
After breakfast, we head towards the Iguassu National Park in Brazil. En route to the falls, we will drive through the lush, subtropical vegetation of the park. Upon arrival, we will take a descending trail of the canyon, from where we can enjoy panoramic views of more than 240 falls. We then board a glass elevator, which takes us to a platform where more exquisite views will be revealed. Along with its sister park in Argentina, The Iguassu National Park forms the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern cone of South America which, along with the waterfalls, have been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will end with a visit to the artisans fair.

Overnight at our hotel in Iguassu. (B)

DAY 6 | FOZ DO IGUASSU | MANAUS (AMAZON)
Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the Manaus flight (not included in land package). Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel.

City Tour Manaus
We will take a walking tour through the historic center of Manaus. Enjoy the beauty of the Amazon capital and its history. First, visit the Amazon theater, the main attraction of Manaus, built during the rubber boom and opened 1892. Continue with a small stroll passing College King Pedro II and enjoy the recently reformed Praca da Policia (Police Square) to visit various museums in the former Police headquarters. Further on,  we will find the Rio Negro Palace, built by the rubber baron Valdemar Schulz and formerly the seat of the Government of the state of Amazonas. The Palace is now a museum. Passing the Jefferson Peres Park and the Remedios Church, we reach the municipal market, where we can observe various fish species such as Tambaqui, Tucunaré (Peacock bass), Jaraqui, Surubim, Aruana, Pacu and the largest sweet water fish Pirarucu (Apuama). Walking along the river front, admire a marvellous view of the Rio Negro and the new bridge over it as we reach the Adolpho Lisboa Market. Here we can shop for art, crafts and natural products from the Amazon such as Guarana and Acai. We conclude with a visit to the Igreja matriz (main cathedral) and the floating port.

Overnight at our hotel in Manaus. (B)

DAY 7 | AMAZON | JUMA LODGE
Breakfast at hotel.

We have an early morning departure. The trip takes three hours via speed boat, van and speed boat again. During our ride, we may encounter some pink dolphins on the way. We will stop to see the amazing Meeting of the Waters, the spot where the muddy waters of the Solimões River and the black waters of the Negro River run side by side, without mixing, to form the great Amazonas River. It’s even possible to feel the difference in temperature between the two rivers, which is about 8° celcius. Enjoy our first contact with the jungle and observe the giant water lily. Arriving at Juma Lodge around 11am, a welcome juice prepared with exotic fruits awaits us. After our Amazonian and international lunch, our afternoon activity is a canoe tour through the igarapés (Amazonian creeks) and the igapós (flooded forest). Along the way, we may even see some river dolphins. After dinner, we go out in a canoe for alligator spotting. Their eyes shine like small red lights. Our guide will try to catch a small alligator with his own hands and bring it on to the canoe for a brief explanation of their habitat. The alligator will then be safely released back to the river.

Overnight at our hotel in the Amazon. (B,L,D)

DAY 8| AMAZON
Early in the morning, around 5:15 am, we will leave for a sunrise excursion. We witness the transformation of the dark water of the Juma River into a mirror and listen to the sights and sounds of the waking birds. Our guides have binoculars and are trained in birdwatching. Breakfast will be served around 7 am, with typical fruits and regional food. We then leave for a jungle hike. Once inside the Amazon Forest, we feel its charm and greatness. Our guides will pass along important concepts about jungle survival. After lunch at the lodge, we’ll go on a tour around the hotel. Juma was built all on stilts and, during this tour, it will be seen from another angle below. Our next tour is by boat (during the rainy season) or on foot (during the dry season). We will board a wooden boat, the same kind the local river dwellers use, to catch the famous Piranha, as well as other fish in the region. Return to the lodge as we enjoy the sunset. Dinner will be complemented by the fish we caught earlier, cooked the Amazon way. This evening, one of our guides will regale us about his life and the customs and legends of the river dwellers.

Overnight at our hotel in the Amazon. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 | AMAZON | DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel.

Return to Manaus, arriving at approximately 12pm and then transferring to the airport for our departure flight. (B)

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Accommodations

CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Rio de Janeiro3Windsor PlazaStandard Room
Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side)2 Viale CararatasStandard Room
Manaus1Blue Tree PremiumStandard Room
Amazon2Juma Eco LodgeStandard Room

Land Prices Per Person

Daily Arrivals
Valid through December 2017
 TwinSingle
Starting From:$4,399$5,804

Features: All Touring, Sightseeing and Transfers via Private Car and Private Guide, Cruise is not Private. Sightseeing on the Amazon River is via Shared Services. *Rate per person based on two persons sharing a room and includes only land services.

Not Included: International & Domestic Flights, Airport Taxes, additional meals and any other items not mentioned in the program.  Some vaccines maybe required for travel. Please consult your doctor before travel to this destination.

Visa to Brazil is required for U.S. Citizens.

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